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Fifty dogs on a South Korean dog meat farm in Namyangju, South Korea have been rescued barely a month before the Bok Nal summer season begins, during which more than one million dogs are eaten as ‘bosintang’ soup.

We have worked in South Korea for the past three years and have permanently closed down 12 dog meat farms, transporting more than 1,350 dogs to safety in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The farm closures are a key part of our broader strategy to demonstrate to the South Korean government a working model for a state-sponsored, nationwide closure of farms. We have been working directly with farmers who have expressed a desire to end their involvement in the industry, identifying ways to shut down the farms and transition to humane livelihoods, such as sustainable crop-growing businesses. The farmer from this rescue will now expand his water parsley farm.

All of the dogs from Farm 12 have been sent to our emergency shelter in Montreal, Canada.

Shutting Down Farm 12

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